Fight Club is a potent and diabolically sharp novel that was beautifully written by Chuck Palahniuk and adapted to the silver screen by David Fincher. A story masterfully brought together by mischief, mayhem, and ironically soap. Fight Club is the definition of a cult classic because the issues dealt within the movie touch so close to home. The novel was written in 1996 and quickly made it to the silver screen in 1999.
In the film Fight Club, the real name of the protagonist (Ed Norton’s character) is never revealed, and given the 3rd person name ‘Jack’- which most believe is to show that Jack is a representation of every middle aged man in that time of America. Tyler Durden, Jacks imaginary friend and realist, says, “We’re consumers. We are bi-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.”. This quote expresses the main idea of the film and tells the audience what life should be like, to be who you want to be and not let anyone or any system stop you, the Fight Club in the film was teaching people to be true to themselves.The true message about Fight Club is about letting go of all the social conditioning, rebelling against the absurdity of slaving away to earn money so you can buy things you don’t need, in order to impress people you don’t even know or care about. About truly freeing yourself and really living without other people telling you how to live your own life.
As a final conclusion, Fight Club steps into the mind of every American and shows them what’s wrong with their life and tells them, “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”.
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